It’s generally a good idea to wait a few seasons before judging a player’s NFL worth. Sports Illustrated did just that, taking a look back at the 2015 draft this week.
General Manager Steve Keim was given high marks for the haul he put together, as the Cardinals graded out at an ‘A-minus’ for their selections.
It’s easy to see why, as first rounder D.J. Humphries has developed into a starting left tackle, second rounder Markus Golden had 12.5 sacks in 2016 before tearing his ACL last year, and third rounder David Johnson has become arguably the best running back in the NFL.
Each of those players has dealt with injuries, but when on the field they have all exceeded projections. The Cardinals picked up two more contributors later on, grabbing Rodney Gunter in the fourth round and J.J. Nelson in the sixth.
The Cardinals have gotten great value from those players and will for one more year, as they head into the final seasons of their rookie contracts. Keim has long preached the importance of hitting on his draft picks, and the 2015 group stands out as the most impressive among his crops.